Originally published by THE SCOUT GUIDE on July 3, 2023.

Want to disconnect from it all but aren’t quite into roughing it? We’ve got you! We asked five Scouted luxury travel advisors for their recommendations on how to best commune with nature without sacrificing first-rate hospitality and accommodations. Whether you opt for a strenuous family hike followed by a Michelin-level meal or a morning of fly-fishing paired with an afternoon of pampering at the spa, read on for our experts’ favorite places to go off the grid. To find a Scouted travel expert, consult The Scout Guide Directory.


“Perched on rugged cliffs above the Pacific Ocean in Big Sur, California, you will find the posh Post Ranch Inn. This adults-only resort lets guests fully immerse themselves in 100 acres of redwood forest. Each of the 40 spacious and private guestrooms and guest houses feature ocean, forest, or mountain views. Many have soaking tubs, and each room has a king-size bed, wood-burning fireplace, and private deck. There are no televisions or alarm clocks, allowing you to unplug from the day-to-day grind and dive into the surroundings. Amenities include an excellent spa, nature walks, yoga, guided sound baths, forest meditation, and falconry. I also highly encourage you to dine at Sierra Mar, a Michelin-star restaurant, located on site. For a quintessential Big Sur day trip, I like to take a drive down Highway 1 North (don’t forget to fuel up with a latte and pastry from Big Sur Bakery) to Pfeiffer Beach, Andrew Molera State Park, and Garrapata State Park, all within 30 minutes of the resort and boast incredible hiking and rich views.” – Elizabeth Ditlevson, travel advisor at Your Travel Joy in Phoenix, Arizona